But you've heard this one before:
AMY GOODMAN: Congress Member Grijalva, a lot of progressives feel that the Progressive Caucus, which is the largest caucus—many people may not realize—in the House, will make a lot of noise but ultimately back the President, using the example of the healthcare debate, saying that they would not support, you know, any kind of healthcare plan without a robust public option, then ultimately caving, fearing that that’s exactly what even the Progressive Caucus will do when it comes down to this, cutting Medicare and Social Security.
REP. RAÚL GRIJALVA: I understand that and what happened with the public option and the disappointment that was created, but, you know, we’ve been doing—I think we’ve reached the tipping point on the damage control. The argument has always been, when there’s a compromise, whether it’s the healthcare, the Bush tax cuts, etc., extending those, that we’re going to do this because we’re avoiding worse damage. I think we reached the tipping point. I think the scrutiny of the American people, the opposition of the American people to these cuts in benefits in Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid is very, very strong. And I believe that the Progressive Caucus has an opportunity to stick together. I, for one, certainly the leadership of the caucus, is going to stick to what we’ve said, that if it’s on the table, there is cuts in benefits, reductions in benefits for recipients on any of those programs, then we are not going to support any deal.
I for one believe Grijalva, with one proviso: as long as the Democrats of the Progressive Caucus are convinced their opposition will have no effect whatsoever on the outcome, some of them may actually stick to their vow.